The Bard of Pittsburgh African Legacy Theatre

Companies

USA

The Company responsible for carrying out BOP’s activities in the USA is the The Bard of Pittsburgh African Legacy Theatre Inc (BOP Inc)

BOP Inc aims to achieve mission statements 1-5 within the USA with the additional aim of partnering with and supporting existing black theatre companies in the USA

Artistic Directors:

Brandon Dirden

Brandon Dirden

Associate Arts Professor in the Graduate Acting Department NYU Tisch. He received his B.A. in Mathematics and Drama from Morehouse College and his MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aactor and director perhaps best known for portraying Martin Luther King Jr. in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way opposite Bryan Cranston’s Lyndon B. Johnson. In 2017, he starred in the Broadway premier of August Wilson’s Tony Award winning Jitney, directed by frequent collaborator, Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Directorial debut with August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ to great acclaim in 2016 and in 2018 he returned to Two River to direct Wilson’s King Hedley II to a sold-out run. Played Agent Dennis Aderholt on FX’s hit series The Americans.

Other television appearances include Baz Lehrman’s The Get Down for Netflix, FX’s Mrs. America, and ABC’s new hit drama For Life. Theater World Award, OBIE award, AUDELCO award, Drama League distinction, Lucille Lortel nomination and guest lecturer at Black Arts Institute, Spelman College, Yale University, Princeton University, Brown University, Columbia University and Juilliard. Most recently (2022) acting in Dominique Morrisseau’s Skeleton Crew with Phylicia Rashad. directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Awoye Timpo

Awoye Timpo

Director, off-Broadway credits include In Old Age by Mfoniso Udofia (New York Theatre Workshop); Good Grief by Ngozi Anyanwu (Vineyard Theatre); The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d by Jonathan Payne (Playwrights Realm); The Homecoming Queen by Ngozi Anyanwu (Atlantic Theater Company); Carnaval by Nikkole Salter (National Black Theatre); Ndebele Funeral by Zoey Martinson (59E59, South African tour, Edinburgh Festival); and Sister Son/Ji by Sonia Sanchez (Billie Holiday Theater).

Her regional credits include School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Paradise Blue (Long Wharf Theatre) and Skeleton Crew (Chester Theater). Founding Producer of CLASSIX, a collective dedicated to looking at the classical canon through an exploration of work by Black writers.

UK

The Company responsible for carrying out BOP’s activities in the rest of the English speaking world is The Bard of Pittsburgh African Legacy Theatre Ltd (BOP Ltd)

BOP Ltd aims to achieve mission statements 1-5 within English speaking Africa and the Caribbean as well as the UK

Artistic Director:

Tinuke Craig

Tinuke Craig

Director of Aisha (the black album) (The Old Vic); Jitney (Leeds Playhouse); Last Easter (Orange Tree Theatre); Crave, random/generations (Chichester); Hamlet For Young Audiences (National Theatre); Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); Vassa (Almeida Theatre); The Color Purple (Leicester Curve/Birmingham Hippodrome); I Call My Brothers (Gate Theatre); dirty butterfly (Young Vic).

Baylis Director at The Old Vic and Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith, and was the Gate’s Associate Director from 2015–2016.Trained at LAMDA and received the Genesis Future Director Award 2014. Her five-star reviewed direction of August Wilson’s Jitney transfers to the Old Vic in 2022.

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